Michael Bloomberg is only at 50 percent in the latest Quinnipiac Poll, out today, which shows Bill Thompson trailing by 12 points.
Bloomberg leads Thompson 50 to 38 with 10 percent undecided among likely voters. That’s down from 53 to 35 in the Q poll on October 26.
It’s not an insurountable lead (as Errol Louis argues this morning) and any incumbent at 50 percent has little to feel comfortable about. Thompson supporters have taken comfort in comparing Bloomberg’s lavish spending with his inability to pull further away in the race.
But as Bloomberg campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson said, “Would you rather be up 12 or down 12?”
He added, “Look, it’s an election. Somebody’s got to win, somebody’s got to lose.”
When asked why they went down slightly from the last poll, and if that suggested anything in the campaign strategy should change, Wolfson sighed audibly and looked at his watch, indicating the race was in its final hours and that their lead would hold.